NEWCASTLE Knights players and coach Nathan Brown are already thinking about next season.
It’s the end of the NRL season for the Knights, who are the highest-scoring team in the competition with a 22-3 win over Sydney in the preliminary final.
Key points:Storm have to win at least two games in finals to make finals for a fourth straight seasonNewcastle are the only team in finals history to reach two finals finalsThe Storm had won all five of their previous games against the Rabbitohs but were beaten 17-0 at Etihad Stadium.
Storm captain Josh Dugan said the Knights had to win the final to stay in finals contention and he would be disappointed if they were not able to do so.
“I think we have to be a little bit nervous.
It’s a very tough group of players, but they are just really competitive.
They know they are going to get the job done and we are going as well as we can,” Dugan told NRL 360.
Storm coach Nathan Green said he had “never been disappointed” by his team and the win showed the Knights were able to put their heads down and come out swinging.
“The boys have been really good.
They are very hard working, very competitive, very focused, very disciplined.
I think they put their head down and just went out there and played really hard,” Green said.
The Knights have won 11 of their 12 games against Sydney and have won seven of their last eight games.
Newcastle coach Nathan Peacock has been confident his team will be a better side than the one they faced in 2017.
“We will play a better game this year.
We will go back to our game, we are still a very good team,” Peacocks said.”
It’s going to be our biggest challenge for the year, to make the finals and to win this series.”